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Available in both black and white and starting at $1,099

Apple has been successfully launching and transitioning its computers over to Intel processors since early this year. During MacWorld, Steve Jobs vowed that all Macs will be using Intel processors by 2007. So far, Apple has done quite a commendable job at keeping its promise.
Today marks another major milestone for Apple: an Intel-based MacBook family which replaces the venerable iBook family that has been as critical to Apple's ongoing success as the 3-series is to BMW. Sources told DailyTech that Apple had originally planned to release the new MacBooks as early as last Tuesday, but yanked the launch at the last minute due to a shortage of stock on units.

The new MacBook follows the MacBook Pro in very close proximity. Specifications include Intel Core Duo processors ranging from 1.83GHz to 2.0GHz. The new MacBooks also come with all the ports that are available on the new MacBook Pros including two USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 400 port, a GbE port and a DVI port that supports single-link displays (1920x1200 max). Also included is an iSight camera, Front Row with Apple Remote and the MagSafe power connector.

The newest feature to be introduced to the MacBook however is its 13.3-inch display, roughly one inch larger than the entry level iBook. The iBook previously was also available in a 14-inch model, which is currently not available in the MacBook series although some predict that Apple will launch a slightly larger and more upgraded MacBook down the line, similar to what Apple has done with the new 17-inch MacBook Pro. On the outside, the new MacBooks are available in two color choices: black or white, but don't use the same aluminum outer casing as the bigger MacBook Pro series.

The two white MacBooks announced today are shipping immediately starting with a price of $1,099 USD. The $1,499 USD black 2.0GHz MacBook ships within 3-7 business days.





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